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Three Books of Occult Philosophy

The Hammer

Premium Member
Has anyone read Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa?



I'm thinking about picking this up, but it's an investment.

The Hammer

Premium Member
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (/əˈɡrɪpə/; German: [aˈgʀɪpa]; 14 September 1486 – 18 February 1535) was a German Renaissance polymath, physician, legal scholar, soldier, knight, theologian, and occult writer.

Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy published in 1533 drew heavily upon Kabbalah, Hermeticism, and neo-Platonism. His book was widely influential among esotericists of the early modern period, and was condemned as heretical by the inquisitor of Cologne.[1]



Consults with Trees
Staff member
Premium Member

It is probably the most horrendous slog I have ever subjected myself to.

Would not recommend.

That's not to say it isn't worth a read, but... the writing style is... by today's standard it is... okay. Imagine a sentence, except it's the length of several paragraphs. So when I say it is a horrendous slog, I really, really do mean it. And I was using a translation that had extensive commentaries to help make it less opaque.